Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Erythema Multiforme Underlying Cause

Erythema multiforme occurs when the immune system overreacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen. When an allergen is present in the body, white blood cells recognize the allergen, and release chemicals into the bloodstream. These chemicals can cause inflammation of the skin, nose, throat, lungs or intestines.

Causes of erythema multiforme include:

Erythema Multiforme Infections

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Last Updated: Mar 17, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Erythema Multiforme References
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